Rick, if there is an overage, I'm sure that nobody would mind it going towards the huge BBQ you do each summer. Just a thought.
I hope you're just trying to be funny. The point is that most people that contribute to organizations do so because they care about the cause, participate in the cause, see a need that the cause has and pony up to the bar happily and without need of recognition. I don't personally donate to groups for recognition and expect none, but most organizations will recognize individuals who make gifts above the norm. I'm fortunate that I can afford to support organizations of my choosing but it does not make me feel "really important." The point is that most donations are recognized at some level because it's the right thing to do.:)
quote=vicbiker;41313]How about this ...we could print a shirt say maybe in bright bright yellow...then we could print on it ...LOOK AT ME...I'M REALLY IMPORTANT. This could be given to all the people that contribute more then the others.[/quote]
The other group that I care a lot about, and feel does a lot of good is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. All groups struggle with financial issues, the BCM is no different, so some members came up with the idea that if you donate a 1000 dollars you get a special bright yellow jersey to wear.This is where my statement on this thread stems from, which shortly after posting it I realized was more directed towards the BCM then our group. Sorry about that.
That said, I fully agree with Team Richards and Dubord that if you are fortunate enough or care enough to donate then by all means you should do so. Send Rick a check, hand him an envelope with some money in it at the pig roast, whatever works for you. Take a bow if you need to, but lets not run around with a special tag. If we are to do special tags, then lets have some for all those who put countless hours of their valuable time, and money out their own pockets, to make sure we all have a great time. How many hours went into this past weekends Pirate Quest? How many hours does Stef spend writing the news letter?
This is what I have against Donating member, or any other special tags. Donating what? I would still like to see any money needed to run this group be raised in a group type function, a yard sale, bake sale, whatever all members, young or old, rich or poor, would have an equal opportunity to participate.
I certainly do not mind pitching in and have done so regularly. As for the banner thing, for me it is not needed.